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The Gathering (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1977
Dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writer:

James Poe
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Adam
Maureen Stapleton ... Kate
Rebecca Balding ... Julie
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Clara
Bruce Davison ... George
Veronica Hamel ... Helen
Gregory Harrison ... Bud Jr.
James Karen ... Bob Block
Lawrence Pressman ... Tom
John Randolph ... Dr. Hodges
Gail Strickland ... Peggy
Edward Winter ... Roger
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Toni
Maureen Readinger Maureen Readinger ... Tiffany
Ronald Readinger Ronald Readinger ... Joey
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Storyline

Weeks before Christmas, bitter executive Adam Thornton learns that he only has a short time to live. Having abandoned his wife and four children years earlier, Adam confides in his former wife, who encourages him to bring the family together one last time and apologize for his actions. Without telling his children about his terminal illness, Adam worries how they will respond to his sudden request for forgiveness. Written by Jwelch5742

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Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gathering See more »

Filming Locations:

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of a few live-action projects produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. See more »

Goofs

Tom decides to switch presents at the last minute between his Farther and Brother-in-law George. When Tom is handing his Dad (Ed Asner) his Christmas present, it shows George opening his in the background. Dad opens his present and then the scene goes to George's wife handing him the present to open for the first time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam Thornton: God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges: You never were much of a cusser.
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Connections

Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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Excellent Christmas movie for the whole family
30 December 2001 | by vallarrySee all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, I cried. It is such a wonderful movie, and hit home with me and the situation with my family at the time. I knew I had to own a copy of it. But for years, I'd search the TV Guide hoping it would come back on TV,and I could tape it, but no such luck. Until a couple of years ago, TNN aired it, along with The Gathering, Part II, and I got it on tape - but with commercial interruptions!! I would dearly love to have this movie on DVD or VHS tape, as it has now become a tradition to watch it every year.


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